NICOLA BENEDETTI / MY FIRST DECADE 4786106
[Vivaldi]: You might think you know the tune well, but Nicola's energetic rendition brings an unusual freshness to this Baroque masterpiece . . . ["The lark ascending"]: Making the most of Vaughan Williams' soaring violin tune, Nicola comes into her own in this stunning rendition of the composer's most famous Piece . . . [Pärt]: this transcendental music is made all the more beautiful by its simplicity. Nicola caresses the long violin notes over the top of the peaceful circling piano accompaniment, creating an achingly beautiful rendition of Pärt's minimalist masterpiece . . . [Chopin]: There's something haunting about Chopin's music when it's played on the violin. Despite being a piano piece originally, this Nocturne comes into its own when brought to life through Benedetti's unmistakable tones . . . [Tchaikovsky]: [the fiendish concerto] serves as a perfect vehicle for demonstrating Benedetti's virtuosic talent . . . [Massenet]: with the gorgeous swelling strings from the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding, this is a perfect serving of decadent Romantic music . . . [Monti]: its hard to ignore the music's infectious energy and cheery tune . . . [Hess]: A fantastic collaboration between Benedetti and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra . . . [Williams]: Benedetti captures the pathos and drama in John Williams' famous violin solo with this tender rendition . . .
[Vaughan Williams / "The Lark Ascending"]: This is a beautiful performance, not only by the soloist but by Andrew Litton and the LPO. Her sweet tone is admirably suited to the last movement of Tchaikovsky's concerto and the Adagio of the Bruch in G minor . . . The main theme of "Schindler's List" (John Williams) is strikingly played . . . [the disc] will give immense pleasure to admirers of this talented musician.